Nursing Careers and Job Outlook
Increasingly preferred even for entry-level jobs, a BSN offers greater job security and potential for career advancement. Magnet hospitals expect nurses to earn a BSN within a certain amount of time and may even help out with tuition. A bachelor of science offers you more career mobility, positions you for leadership and management opportunities, and can serve as a foundation for pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing.
The outlook for nursing careers is excellent. Job growth in the field is estimated to be 22 percent between 2008 and 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, driven by advancements in health care, changes in the industry, an aging population, the number of retiring nurses, and more focus on preventative care. Most employment opportunities are projected to be in acute care facilities, community health, home health and long-term nursing care facilities1.
As nursing care becomes more complex, a bachelor’s degree can help you meet the challenges you will face, help you ensure better patient care, and give you an edge in the job marketplace. Find out more about Gannon University’s online RN to BSN program by calling 877-497-5854 to speak to an admissions advisor, or request more information.
1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, accessed 1/4/2010, http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos083.htm